Gallup Poll: Americans' Belief in Psychic and Paranormal Phenomena Is up Over Last Decadegreenspun.com : LUSENET : Unk's Wild Wild West : One Thread
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PRINCETON, NJ -- What exactly do Americans believe in when it comes to the paranormal, the occult, and "out-of-this-world" experiences? The Gallup Poll recently updated its audit of Americans’ beliefs in a variety of these types of phenomena. The results suggest a significant increase in belief in a number of these experiences over the past decade, including in particular such Halloween-related issues as haunted houses, ghosts and witches. Only one of the experiences tested has seen a drop in belief since 1990: devil possession. Overall, half or more of Americans believe in two of the issues: psychic or spiritual healing, and extrasensory perception (ESP), and a third or more believe in such things as haunted houses, possession by the devil, ghosts, telepathy, extraterrestrial beings having visited earth, and clairvoyance.
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As for me, I am skeptical about all of these things.
-- Buddy (email@example.com), June 12, 2001
Just look at "Crossing Over" with John Edwards on the Sci-Fi channel. This show has become one of the more popular features on cable today.
-- Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 12, 2001.
"Overall, half or more of Americans believe in two of the issues: psychic or spiritual healing, and extrasensory perception (ESP), and a third or more believe in such things as haunted houses, possession by the devil, ghosts, telepathy, extraterrestrial beings having visited earth, and clairvoyance. "
All of that is in the Bible. Some of these issues are called by other names in the Bible, but they're in there.
-- helen (email@example.com), June 12, 2001.
New theories come in three stages:
First, they are completely ignored.
Next, they are vehemently opposed.
Finally, they are accepted as obvious.
-- skeptical believer (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 12, 2001.
My name is Boris. I will be your waiter. Tonight's menu includes:
psychic or spiritual healing
possession by the devil
extraterrestrial beings visiting earth
Madam? Yes. The ghosts are lightly sauteed in butter and served in a white wine sauce. Our special tonight is mesquite-grilled zombie with lime and shallots. One of everything? Yes, sir! And the bottle of Cabernet. Excellent choice, sir! May I light your candle for you? If you need anything just ask.
Boris leaves smiling. The man speaks to the woman:
He: I knew he would say that!
She: I knew you would say that!
He: I know you think I am a terrible bore. Damn this telepathy!
She: I can't wait for the spiritual healing to arrive. I don't want to fill up on rolls.
-- Break out the cookies and milk (aimless@national_raffle_association.org), June 12, 2001.
Just guessing but willing to bet the interest level in this stuff is inversely porportional to standardized highschool test scores.
-- Carlos (email@example.com), June 13, 2001.
The belief in devil possession is down? What will Bob Larson do? LOL!
-- jammy (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 13, 2001.